We’ve been seeing a lot of Laetitia Casta on magazine covers this year, and I would be lying if I said that I don’t love it. The latest dose of Laetitia comes in the form of Vogue Turkey’s October cover, and (as expected) it is awesome. Photographed by Sean & Seng while perched on the edge of a Parisian bridge with her shapely leg exposed past the garter, Laetitia’s penetrating gaze stares right through the camera.
“Wow… she looks spectacular… and maybe no one noticed but the scenery behind looks pretty amazing too,” MulletProof laughed. As MulletProof implied, it’s tough to focus on the scenery when Laetitia's in your line of vision (is anyone sensing my girl crush yet?).
“I couldn't care less about the background, when she looks this great. Amazing pose,” Srdjan wrote. (We're totally on the same page, but Paris does look lovely.)
“This is their best cover of the year,” jmrmartinho posted. “Laetitia looks so stunning, amazing cover!”
*ana* posted, “They explored Laetitia's potential to look amazing. I like how she's showing her thigh but has a certain nonchalance in her eyes, as if she sat there pretending not to care how much she was showing. Independently of what the intention was, it turned out to be quite charming.”
I’m going to come right out and say that I think Laetitia’s sophisticated pinup type of cover for Vogue Turkey may well be one of the best covers of the year.
Trying to make sense of New York Fashion Week is like trying to make sense of a party at Charlie Sheen's house: tons of beautiful women, lasts for days, and it's a miracle that no one died.
The quote has been shooting around the Internet for the past few hours and everyone seems to think this joke is SO FUNNY and spot-on. And I don't want to be the joke police because really, you're allowed to laugh at whatever you want and Joan Rivers is totally the best, but I'm just a little offended by how fun everyone seems to think Fashion Week is*.
NYFW is a very specific kind of fun, which is less like "fun" in the classic sense and more like the fun of feeling important, looking at clothing, and worrying about how you look and what other people think of you. "Fun" in a party-at-Charlie-Sheen's-house sense is actually exactly what Rivers described: "tons of beautiful women, lasts for days, and it's a miracle that no one died." Because it's not a party, it's a bender; and it might be crazy, but I bet it's actually fun.
Zelda Kaplan actually did die at NYFW, but less because she overdosed on cocaine and more because she was 95-years-old and her time had simply come.
Image via WENN.com
*It's come to my attention that this post makes me sound like a "jaded fashion person" — which I'm not at all — I'm simply a Defender of Fun.
Lana Del Rey is repackaging Born to Die in a new "Paradise Edition," which will be far superior to the previous "Miserable Mortality on Earth Edition" due to 1) the addition of eight brand new songs 2) lyrics which finally answer the never-before-asked question, "What's the relationship between Lana Del Rey's yoni and Pepsi-Cola?" (Hint: It's not an endorsement deal.)
The new album will be out in the world on November 13, and to tease the release, the singer put together a trailer (above) which shows her making faces at the camera for a really long time to the supersliced new material soundtrack.
Del Rey also released the full audio of one of the new songs, "Ride," from the upcoming album. It sounds like every other song she's ever come out with, which is not a complaint — I like my comfort pop for all manners of adolescant brooding and delusional fantasizing.
You've probably seen the commercials of beautiful ladies dressed in beautiful dresses made from…er, toilet paper. It's all part of bathroom tissue brand Cashmere's campaign commitment to providing the finest quality tissue products to Canadian consumers — proving that their paper is so superior it should be showcased on a runway.
As such, for the past nine years, Cashmere has been hosting their annual White Cashmere Collection 2012: Fashion with Compassion, starring 15 of Canada’s leading-edge fashion designers, including the likes of Adrian Wu, Rhod Philpott, and Laura Siegel. This year, the show was held at the newly renovated Arcadian Court at The Hudson’s Bay Company Toronto Flagship Store, where fashion enthusiasts gathered to see corsetry, tissue paper flowers, and shoes all painstakingly fashioned in 100% pure, soft and luxurious sheets of Cashmere Bathroom Tissue.
The collection supports the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation and its vision of creating a future without breast cancer. As you know, I'm already an aficionado of any collection that utilizes white after Labour Day, but this year's Cashmere BT (Bathroom Tissue) Couture also heralds the annual return of limited-edition Pink Cashmere, with twenty-five cents from the sale of every package of Pink going directly to the cause throughout October Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
This year's collection pays homage to old time Hollywood glamour and designers created everything including eveningwear, jewelry and, for the first time ever, footwear and children's wear. Flip through the slideshow to see a selection of what was on offer and never look at toilet paper the same way again.
Here's the 78-year-old designer comparing today's movie stars to old school screen sirens: "They are extremely normal: dealing with anxieties and fears, having children. … They've understood that this is just a job and that diva attitude is soemthing different, something that, I think, belongs to the past."
He also takes a moment to make a nice little appeal to simplicity in fashion: "You have to be always, always, coherent with your personality and not disguise yourself."
For a total legend, Armani seems weirdly open and unassuming. I've met nuns that are more defensive and arrogant. (Kidding, I've never actually met a nun. That's just an expression no one's ever used before.)
Asked to share some advice with young people that have just begun to explore the horrifying and perilous working world, Armani tells aspiring fashion designers to go to school, because school is more of a thing today than it was when he was getting his start in the land before time. He reminds all the ambitious kids out there that success like his comes at a cost: "You have to make a choice, leaving something behind and sacrificing some aspects of your personal life."
The designer then talks about his own career, which didn't really begin until his early thirties. Up until that point, he "used to potter around," working as a window dresser at a department store.
And I didn't really have to work hard, because I was good-looking and the female managers of the company used to favor me, making things actually really easy for me.
But then I realized that I couldn't and didn't want to go on living like that, on the fringes of a beautiful profession without working hard, without risking, without standing up for it.
So I learned how to work in different areas of the profession. First I committed myself exclusively to the fashion design, because I had a partner that dealt with all the economical and practical aspects. And then, when my partner passed away, I had to take care of everything by myself. I had to somehow wake up and this too made me who I am today.
…a human! If you've watch too many interviews with Karl Lagerfeld, as I have, it might come as a surprise that not all fashion deisgners are superficial robotrons.
Ruby Rose might be better known for her musical and romantic conquests than for coming second in the Girlfriend model search a decade ago, but she’s about to be thrust back into the industry that first found her both fame and her future short-lived fiancé.
Ruby announced via Twitter on September 14that she had signed with leading overseas modelling agencies Next (New York) and Storm (London), not failing to mention that she’s now just casually on the books with Lana Del Rey and Cindy Crawford.
At the relatively ripe old age of 26, Ruby has scored a plethora of modelling gigs since the 2002 Girlfriend model search. Since then she’s been unwavering in her mission to become one of the most recognisable faces on Australian television, taking a break from the modelling business to compete for a gig as an MTV VJ. As part of the competition she underwent evaluations of fame-worthiness that make Tyra tests look as challenging as basic arithmetic, on one occasion downing 100 shots of beer in 100 minutes against Jackass’ Bam Margera and on another kissing strangers on a busy Sydney street.
Comparatively, modelling, even on behalf of two of the biggest names in the business, shouldn’t prove too much of a challenge for Ruby. She’s already taken it off for Maxim to implicitly voice her disapproval of fur being used in fashion, and since moving to L.A. has been named the new face of Maybelline. She’s also currently in the process of filming a low-budget Aussie feature film alongside none other than Christina Ricci, which is due out in 2013. Good thing hers is a face you can’t get sick of, ‘cause it’s about to be everywhere.